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Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 24th, 2017, 1:15 pm
by gyc
As somebody who lives near downtown but doesn't work downtown, the skyway is confusing and intimidating for me to use as somebody who uses it every once in a while when I work at home for the day. I'm not quite sure what stores/restaurants are in the skyway, it's confusing for me to get to a specific place in the skyway and easy to get lost/lose my bearings given its layout is divorced from the street grid, and I'm not sure which parts of the skyway closes after business hours. The fact that so many retail stores and restaurants are located on the skyway level make the streets look especially deserted and unsafe at night. I understand that the skyway is great for downtown office workers in inclement weather, but for people who are not using it everyday, it can be confusing and intimidating.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 24th, 2017, 1:28 pm
by gopherfan
xandrex wrote:
April 24th, 2017, 11:10 am
The fact that the new Xcel building lacks any retail presence whatsoever on our pedestrian/transit mall has more of an impact than the fact that the building is skyway connected.
The other problem with the Xcel building is they don't follow the Skyway hours. The street access has always been locked in the evenings before 10pm whenever I've tried to access or leave the skyways from that location. Might be locked all day too...

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 24th, 2017, 1:55 pm
by amiller92
gyc wrote:
April 24th, 2017, 1:15 pm
The fact that so many retail stores and restaurants are located on the skyway level make the streets look especially deserted and unsafe at night.
That's probably not quite right, but only because there's no on in the skyways at night either!

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 24th, 2017, 2:44 pm
by SurlyLHT
The Five Guys is open on weekends and the Chipolte near Target is open on Saturdays. They're are probably others but it'll take some research.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 24th, 2017, 7:32 pm
by David Greene
I'm pretty sure we've hit the Panera on a weekend.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 25th, 2017, 9:38 am
by xandrex
Silophant wrote:
April 24th, 2017, 12:00 pm
As to the ever-present comparison to the North Loop, I'll repeat that the North Loop retail resurgence took off close to a full decade after we started building thousands of residential units there. The downtown core has had half that.
Not to mention the fact that much of the North Loop’s growth in retail has largely been high-end boutiques and restaurants, mostly clustered on one end of the neighborhood. Reaching affordable daily wants/needs can still require leaving the area.

Askov Finlayson and Spoon & Stable are great, but they’re not exactly for the hoi polloi.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 25th, 2017, 3:53 pm
by swallman
xandrex wrote:
April 25th, 2017, 9:38 am
Silophant wrote:
April 24th, 2017, 12:00 pm
As to the ever-present comparison to the North Loop, I'll repeat that the North Loop retail resurgence took off close to a full decade after we started building thousands of residential units there. The downtown core has had half that.
Not to mention the fact that much of the North Loop’s growth in retail has largely been high-end boutiques and restaurants, mostly clustered on one end of the neighborhood. Reaching affordable daily wants/needs can still require leaving the area.

Askov Finlayson and Spoon & Stable are great, but they’re not exactly for the hoi polloi.
Exactly...we live in the NL and don't really shop at most of the stores in the area. How about a CVS or Walgreens? Shoot we wouldn't even mind some fast food in the area lol. Would love to get a small Target in the area (yes, we go to the one downtown but its a fair walk, especially if you buy anything significant).

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 26th, 2017, 11:11 am
by Mooglemuffins
swallman wrote:
April 25th, 2017, 3:53 pm

Exactly...we live in the NL and don't really shop at most of the stores in the area. How about a CVS or Walgreens? Shoot we wouldn't even mind some fast food in the area lol. Would love to get a small Target in the area (yes, we go to the one downtown but its a fair walk, especially if you buy anything significant).
One of those Express Targets like they have over in Dinkytown or like the one in Highland Park over in St Paul would be perfect.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 26th, 2017, 3:08 pm
by dajazz
Mooglemuffins wrote:
April 26th, 2017, 11:11 am
swallman wrote:
April 25th, 2017, 3:53 pm

Exactly...we live in the NL and don't really shop at most of the stores in the area. How about a CVS or Walgreens? Shoot we wouldn't even mind some fast food in the area lol. Would love to get a small Target in the area (yes, we go to the one downtown but its a fair walk, especially if you buy anything significant).
One of those Express Targets like they have over in Dinkytown or like the one in Highland Park over in St Paul would be perfect.
That would be perfect on the surface lots on 2nd & Washington across from the Sex World building.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 26th, 2017, 3:24 pm
by Mooglemuffins
dajazz wrote:
April 26th, 2017, 3:08 pm

That would be perfect on the surface lots on 2nd & Washington across from the Sex World building.
As long as they put some parking under it. Those surface lots are where most of the people from my office park at :D

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 26th, 2017, 3:26 pm
by swallman
Mooglemuffins wrote:
April 26th, 2017, 3:24 pm
dajazz wrote:
April 26th, 2017, 3:08 pm

That would be perfect on the surface lots on 2nd & Washington across from the Sex World building.
As long as they put some parking under it. Those surface lots are where most of the people from my office park at :D
You work at SexWorld? ;)

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: April 26th, 2017, 3:28 pm
by Mooglemuffins
swallman wrote:
April 26th, 2017, 3:26 pm
You work at SexWorld? ;)
Lol! Naw, my job isn't quite as erotic unless you consider software development pornographic.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: September 8th, 2017, 10:21 am
by grrdanko
http://www.startribune.com/county-board ... 443133103/

This article mentions that Thrivant Financial's new building will connect HCMC to the Skyway system.

Even if Thrivant's new building is underwhelming this is a big win for downtown residents with mobility challenges.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: September 8th, 2017, 12:09 pm
by VacantLuxuries
It does, however, indicate we're getting a half block with an exposed skyway a la their existing building, or a full block development.

I'm not particularly excited about either of those prospects.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: September 18th, 2017, 11:02 am
by SurlyLHT
Does anyone know if there is an App, or new signage or etc. planned for the skyway before the Superbowl? I just helped another person staying at their phone trying to decipher the skyway map, but remaining lost. It seems like there is incentive to make something happen or at least fix the worn out signs.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: September 19th, 2017, 11:06 am
by billhelm
SurlyLHT wrote:
September 18th, 2017, 11:02 am
Does anyone know if there is an App, or new signage or etc. planned for the skyway before the Superbowl? I just helped another person staying at their phone trying to decipher the skyway map, but remaining lost. It seems like there is incentive to make something happen or at least fix the worn out signs.
worn out and/or seriously outdated. I see a lot of signs with building names that haven't been used for a long while.. many still have "metrodome" on them.

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: September 19th, 2017, 11:27 am
by gopherfan
Fun fact (Wish someone would write an article about this) Michael McLaughlin who has served as Vice President of District Services for the Minneapolis Downtown Council owns the company that does all the signage... corruption?? coincidence?? conspiracy??
http://www.urbanworks.com/skyway-system
http://www.urbanworks.com/about-us

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: September 21st, 2017, 4:40 am
by DTSB
SurlyLHT wrote:
September 18th, 2017, 11:02 am
Does anyone know if there is an App, or new signage or etc. planned for the skyway before the Superbowl? I just helped another person staying at their phone trying to decipher the skyway map, but remaining lost. It seems like there is incentive to make something happen or at least fix the worn out signs.
Is this a map people use? It seems pretty good. http://www.skywaymyway.com/mobile.php

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: December 28th, 2017, 9:31 am
by BBMplsMN
I was hoping that one of the lasting legacies of the Super Bowl would be a new skyway signage system (or at least a refresh of what is currently in place), but it sounds like they are just going to add signs directing people towards specific venues.

http://www.startribune.com/super-bowl-p ... 6886943/#1

Re: Minneapolis Skyway System

Posted: December 28th, 2017, 10:14 am
by VacantLuxuries
So now we find out why the billion dollar game wanted free volunteers. Because we wouldn't want to leave anything of value for people to use once it's over, would we?